U.S. PoliticsApril 4, 2017

What does the federal government spend your tax dollars on? Social insurance programs, mostly

From Social Security to national parks, a look at long-range trends in federal outlays relative to the U.S. economy

U.S. PoliticsMarch 23, 2017

Many lower-income Republicans see ensuring health coverage for all as a government responsibility

Lower-income Republicans are somewhat more likely than higher-income Republicans to support the Affordable Care Act, and many say ensuring health care coverage for all is a government responsibility.

March 7, 2017

What the unemployment rate does – and doesn’t – say about the economy

Although the unemployment rate gets most of the attention, the government’s monthly jobs report contains lots of other data that, properly interpreted, can provide a fuller picture of the U.S. economy.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 2, 2017

Public remains divided over role of government in financial regulation

As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans take steps to roll back Obama-era financial regulations, the public remains divided over whether regulations of financial institutions have gone too far or not gone far enough.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 13, 2017

More Americans say government should ensure health care coverage

As the debate continues over repeal of the Affordable Care Act and what might replace it, a growing share of Americans believe that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 10, 2017

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Fact TankOctober 28, 2016

American public, foreign policy experts sharply disagree over involvement in global economy

Is America’s involvement in the world economy good for the nation? The U.S. public and international relations scholars appear to disagree.

Fact TankAugust 15, 2016

In debates, voters want to hear most about terrorism and the economy

Given the chance to decide how much time is spent on each of 10 specific issues, voters would allocate more time to discussions of the candidates’ plans on keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and on economic growth and much less time to discussion of abortion policy.

Fact TankApril 13, 2016

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.

Fact TankApril 6, 2016

The biggest U.S. tax breaks

The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.